Just got my wife's phone back via 'Find My iPhone'

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  1. globalwidget macrumors newbie

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    Long story short(er):
    -Wife at work can't find phone. "Is it at home?"
    -Call phone. No answer.
    -Fire up 'Find My iPhone'. Look like it's in her car in the lot, Humbolt Park Chicago.
    -"I searched my car, but oh well I'll get it later."
    -She calls again about 1/2 hour later, still can't find it after looking again.
    -I look again at FMI and it has moved a few miles! Now I'm upset she lost her phone out of her oh-so-loose mesh backpack pocket I'm always warning her about and somebody has obviously picked it up.
    -I pack up our baby and head out in my car to track it down wondering what am I going to do if I find some young thugs in a sketchy neighborhood...
    -After getting within about 12 blocks heading north through Cicero and Belmont, the signal goes dead. "Great" they've turned it off. Time to give up and get a doughnut to soothe my anger/nerves. I lock the iPhone remotely in case they turn it on or reactivate location services. Probably should have done that immediately.
    -On a hunch I look again after my doughnut break. Haha! It's back and not moving. I head to the location near Cicero and Irving Park. Nothing is around but a small businesses and a small apartment building. Baby's getting hungry. Phone not moving. What to do?
    -The signal seems very accurate so I make my best guess and go into the small business. There are three old guys waiting and a receptionist. It's very noisy. I hit the 'Send Message/Sound' button. I think I hear something, but it's hard to tell. I walk around. People look at me oddly. I swear it's coming from one of the old guy's backpacks but... I say, "Is that your phone ringing?" and I get a shrug. Still not sure if the sounds I'm hearing are the iPhone or just some other phone. Sound stops after about one full minute. I reactivate "Send message/Sound" and sure enough the sound come back almost immediately, definitely from the middle guy's backpack. Now, more firmly I say, "I think you have my phone in your backpack. Do you have a pink iPhone?" Now he opens up the pack and gets out the phone and hands it to me. I say thank you, ask where he got it. He looks to the receptionist and she asks him again in Polish. He says, "Humbolt Park". I leave, just happy to have it, not wanting to linger for whatever reason.
    -Now I suppose he might have returned it on his own. Maybe he was waiting to show someone more English proficient and have them call/return it. I'd like to think so but... either way, I'm glad that we had Find My iPhone activated on the phone; and that he was about 65 years old and not 20, large and tough.
     
  2. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    Wow, great story. Gutsy, but I'm glad it worked out.
     
  3. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    Good to hear a story about success and Find My iPhone.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Glad it worked out.
    When they don't know what to say or in a tough spot they always act like they don't understand English.
    Find my iPhone is great to have.
     
  5. Reach9 macrumors 68020

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    This should become an Apple commercial.
    That guy was trying to steal it, good thing you didn't make a big deal though.
     
  6. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    True. All these stories are great.
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Polish people?
     
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  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Not just Polish, in general.
     
  11. Psood21 macrumors member

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    And this whole time baby was alone in the car???????:confused:
     
  12. Rickity Rick macrumors member

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    I like how the baby adds some comic relief to this story. But I'm glad you found your iPhone through Find My iPhone! :)
     
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    LOL at the guy pretending not to speak English

    But really, I'm glad you got your wife's phone back; this is a reminder to turn on my location services!
     
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    Hahaha
     
  17. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Great story! Funny to see the old guy trying to bluff his way out of it :D
     
  18. Hook'Em2006 macrumors 6502

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    Good Story man. Glad you got it back. It can be a real pain to loose one of these smart phones that have half you life loaded into them.
     
  19. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a

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    I live right by Irving Park and Cicero. Very helpful to speak Polish in this neighborhood.
     
  20. techkidd4400 macrumors regular

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    This was bold and probably not recommended, but the outcome was great. I am also glad to hear Find My iphone works well.
     
  21. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    By the way, this story inspired me to finally enable the Find My iPhone feature on my phone. I hadn't done it yet, so thank you.
     
  22. dgamer84 macrumors regular

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    Good ending to a story. Got to say not a smart idea to take your baby while looking for a supposedly stolen iphone.
     
  23. Micjose macrumors member

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    Fantastic event there mate. Glad you retrieved you iphone and everyone is now happy :D
     
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